Biden lifts Muslim ban! United States president Joe Biden, in his very first order since swearing an oath of his office on Wednesday, abolished the temporary immigration ban enforced by his predecessor Donald Trump on certain Muslim and African nations.
Late on Wednesday afternoon after the oath ceremony, Biden moved to the White House, laying an ornament on the tomb of an unknown soldier in Arlington and inspecting the parade.
And right away, he began signing orders to sweep aside Trump’s pandemic response and undo his anti-immigration policy and environmental agenda. He also took steps to improve the American economy and to foster nation-wide racial and religious diversity.
Biden lifts Muslim ban
In One day, Biden signed 17 executive orders, memoranda and proclamations from the Oval Office, including orders to renew the Paris Climate Agreement and bring an end to the Muslim ban.
In a tweet from the US President’s official Twitter account, Biden simply said, “We’re back in the Paris Climate Agreement.”
Meanwhile, Biden’s Pandemic Warrior, Jeff Zients, said the US will now join the World Health Organisation, reversing the decision of his predecessor. He added that the top US expert Anthony Fauci will lead a delegation to the Executive Board of the WHO on Thursday.
Though attempts to end his career could harm Trump, the coup de grâce came from a 22-year-old poet, Amanda Gorman, whose words rekindled optimism for a better future in millions of hearts across the globe.
Biden lifts Muslim ban after inaugural
We have seen a power that would shatter our nation rather than share it, that would kill our society if it were to delay democracy, and that effort has almost succeeded. But while democracy can be delayed occasionally, it can never be defeated indefinitely,’ Gorman said, referring to the Jan 6 mob assault on the US capital.
The young poet said when reciting her poem “The Hill We Climb,” “For there is always light if only we are brave enough to see it if only we are brave enough to do it.”
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Gorman, the youngest person ever to read a poem at the presidential inauguration, “delivered her piece with grace, and the words it contained will resonate with people all over the world: today, tomorrow, and far into the future,” the BBC said.
“a skinny black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother [who] can dream of becoming president, only to find herself reciting for one”a skinny black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother[who] might dream of becoming president, only to find herself reciting for one.
It would also remind us, any time it is recited, of the attack on the Capitol earlier in January, instigated by former President Trump, which almost derailed American democracy.
As Gorman concluded her poem, she was given a standing ovation by four US presidents and first ladies, two former vice presidents and their families, hundreds of legislators and thousands of diplomats, some unable to conceal their eyes.
Wasn’t the poem by Amanda Gorman just stunning? “Hillary Clinton asked in a tweet she had shared with a photo of the young poet. “She promised to run for president in 2036 and I can’t wait for one of them.”
Michelle Obama said, “With her strong and poignant words, Amanda Gorman reminds us of the power we each hold in upholding our democracy.” “Continue to shine, Amanda! I can’t wait for you to see what you are doing next! ”.
Hope and reassurance were also provided by Biden, who spoke before Gorman.
“We must put an end to this uncivil war that pitches red against blue, rural versus urban, conservative versus liberal,” President Biden said, responding to the Jan 6 mob assault on the very house, the Capitol, where he took his office’s oath. Biden also led a moment of silence for the lives lost to the pandemic of Covid-19.
A once-in-a-century virus that stalks the country silently. In one year, it took as many lives as America lost in the whole Second World War. Millions of jobs were lost, hundreds of thousands of companies closed, he added.
The 78-year-old politician made history as the oldest individual ever to be elected president of the United States. The other oath, that of Vice President Kamala Harris, was even more important, a momentous one, as his swearing-in was, particularly after the attack on the US Capitol.
As the first black, the first African American, and the first South Asian vice president of the United States, she walked into history. The oath was taken by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the US Supreme Court’s first Latin American judge. Biden lifts the Muslim ban!
Her sister Maya did not, as Vice President Harris tried to contain her tears. As Kamala said to the court, “So, help me God,” she burst into tears.
There were three former presidents, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, in the small audience assembled for the inauguration. Since Trump chose not to see his replacement assume the office he filled until Wednesday morning, former vice President Mike Pence represented the Trump administration.
When he stepped on to the stage as the guy who defied his boss’s instructions on Jan 6 to reverse the outcome of the 2020 election for Trump to remain in office for four more years, Pence got a soft applaud.
Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell, another person who prevented this assault on American democracy, also attended the inauguration. He also led Biden to a church near the White House to pray.
To remind people of those who lost their lives to the Covid-19 pandemic, a sea of flags, precisely 200,000, filled the National Mall from the stage to the Lincoln Memorial.
The coronavirus death toll in America had reached 400,000 by Wednesday morning, prompting the organisers of the inaugural ceremony to give the people an extraordinary plea, not to come.
At 8:00am, four hours before the ceremony began, Trump departed the White House. He travelled by helicopter to Andrews Air Base, where he had arranged for a complete military send-off for himself.
Before departing, he told a small gathering of his enthusiastic fans, promising them that he would “come back soon,” a statement he also made to the White House press corps before leaving for the airbase. But he did not clarify what he said.
Trump stressed his victories in his speech: the coronavirus vaccine, a thriving economy, and raising the reputation of America around the world. But he did not mention his replacement even once.
Before leaving the White House, however, he did leave a goodwill note for Biden.
Before boarding Air Force One, the presidential jet, Trump got a 21-gun salute that took him to his home in Florida for the last time. His send-off ceremony was not attended by Pence and other senior Republicans, while his daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner did.
Biden took the oath, pledging to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution,” on a five-inch-thick Bible that has been in his family for 128 years.
The New York Times commented, “The ceremony on a chilly, breezy day with a smattering of snowflakes brought Trump’s stormy and divisive four-year presidency to a close.”
After the pledge, Biden drove to the Unknown Soldier’s Grave at the Unknown Soldier’s Arlington cemetery with the three former presidents and their spouses.